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Jews in the Ozarks are celebrating Rosh Hashanah until Tuesday with family, community, and symbolic foods. The Jewish New Year holiday celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the world and is a chance for Jews worldwide to reflect on the past year and put forth a clean slate going into the next.

The symbolic blasts of the shofar, a hollowed out ram’s horn, filled the air in Jewish temples across the world this weekend. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the High Holy Days and is treasured among Jews as a time of forgiveness, repentance, and happiness.

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The Jewish faith is steeped in tradition, and that goes for the local Jewish community as well.  To find out about some of their traditions I spoke with Rabbi Barbara Block of Temple Israel near Rogersville.

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Barbara Block says she’s been warmly welcomed by everyone in the community. KSMU’s Bailey Wiles sat down with the new Rabbi amid the High Holy Days to learn more about her journey to the region.

Rabbi Barbara Block says that as a reform Jew, she believes that one can change certain aspects of Jewish traditions, but at its core is a concern for humanity.